Drawstring Messy Bun Beanie/Cowl Free Crochet Pattern
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I LOVE THIS HAT, I always wanted to like messy bun beanies, but I just didn’t. I hated them, the way you have to pull them down over you hair always rubs my hair the wrong way and drives me crazy, but this beanie, you can pull down around your neck, put your hair in a bun, and then pull it up like a headband, and tighten the drawstring around your bun! SO INNOVATIVE.
Also, you can wear it as a cowl around your neck, to keep the chilly air from blowing down your collar.
I made this hat using Lion Brand Scarfie yarn, in the color Cream/Taupe. only half a skein, you can make two of these beanies with just one skein.
This whole project is made in the round to create one big tube with chain spaces around the top to weave your drawstring through.
The brim is worked using alternating front post dc and back post dc, if you don’t know what that is click HERE for an awesome youtube tutorial on how to make fpdc and bpdc stitches
The body of this project is made using alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches, but each row will be off by one stitch, meaning you’ll work each dc in the top of a sc and each sc in the top of a dc. It sounds a little complicated but its super easy.
This beanie is designed to fit loosely, so that you can easily pull it over your head and around your neck to be used as a cowl, if you want you can change the starting chain number to make a tighter or looser hat by chaining 42, 48, 54, or 60 for an adult. any multiple of 6.
- 6.5mm crochet hook
- Lion Brand Scarfie yarn (you can get it right HERE)
- yarn needle
- a fork, if you want to make the mini pom poms
Stitches Used and Abbreviations:
- ch – chain
- st – sitch
- sc – single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- fpdc – front post dc
- bpdc – back post double crochet
- slst- slip stitch
Round 1; Ch 54 for an average adult, or any multiple of 6, very loosely, you want some stretch in your finished beanie cowl, slst into the first ch, making sure there are no twists in the ch, ch 2, dc in each ch around.
OR 54 for an average adult, or any multiple of 6 dc chainless foundation, slst into the first st
Round 2, ch 2 (counts as first dc), *fpdc in the next st, bpdc in the next st repeat from * to the end of the round, slst into the first dc
Round 3-6: repeat round 2.
Round 7: ch 2 (counts as first dc) *sc in the next st, dc in the next st repeat from * to the end of the round. slst into the first dc
Round 8: ch 1, sc in same st, *dc in next st, sc in next st repeat from * to the end of the round slst into first sc
Rounds 9-25: repeat rows 7 and 8
Round 26: ch 2 (counts as first dc) dc in next st, ch 1, skip 1, *dc in next 2 st, ch 1 skip 1 repeat from * to the end of the round, slst into first dc.
Now you’re done with your hat!
To make the drawstring I used a little leftover yarn that I don’t have the label for and can’t remember the name of, but you can use whatever you like! a braid of the same yarn you used to make your hat, a contrasting color, or even a ribbon, or omit the drawstring entirely and just have a cowl, or just cinch the top and have a regular beanie! the options are endless.
HERE is a link to the youtube video I used to make the mini pom poms for the ends of the drawstring
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